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by Carolyn Classen, blogger

“Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) is honored to host former Gov. Bruce Babbitt vis Zoom August 13, 2022 10:00 – 12:00. This meeting is open to League of Women Voters, Osher Life Long Learning members and the public

Help for Rural Water: 

Governor Babbitt Explains Why Rural Management Areas Are Key 

Does recent Arizona water legislation protect the diminishing groundwater resources in rural Arizona?

Former Governor Bruce Babbitt will explain how the new water augmentation bill will affect rural communities in a Citizens Water Advocacy Group Zoom presentation on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

https://us02web.zoom.us/ meeting/register/ tZErdemsqjouEtWwUy7JgrV_- q5ktA6Dy_BQ 

Although the legislature did appropriate funds for water augmentation that benefits central and southern Arizona, it did not approve legislation that would allow rural counties outside of Active Management Areas (AMAs) to determine their own groundwater management strategies based on their specific situations. Governor Babbitt will review the legislation and what the next bill might look like. He will also talk about how elected officials in Prescott and throughout Yavapai County can work together now to protect rural groundwater. Governor Babbitt will underscore why it is critical to get the next legislature to act, how voters can advocate for a new bill and what they should require from candidates in the upcoming elections to help assure passage of successful groundwater protection legislation.

Governor Babbitt, who signed the Groundwater Management Act in 1980 and oversaw the creation of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), has a deep knowledge of Arizona water issues, and will emphasize the importance of assisting rural communities that now lack groundwater use regulation. Many of these areas, such as Paulden, most of the Verde Valley, including Jerome, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, and parts of Sedona, have seen concerning and even dramatic reductions in groundwater levels.

Bruce Babbitt Bio

Bruce Babbitt served as Secretary of the Interior from 1993 to 2001, as Governor of Arizona from 1978 to 1987 and as Attorney General of Arizona from 1975 to 1978.”


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